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With Memorial Day Weekend finally here and the Rock heating up with an eclectic lineup of live music, theater and arts — why leave Rockaway in the summertime! This is the place to be!

 

LIVE MUSIC:

Friday, May 25

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mayday! Mayday! There’s a Squid invasion at Caracas! No need to worry, just have your dancing shoes on or even go barefoot as big band Big Squid and surprise guests will have you on your feet hoppin' to their squidalicious lineup of R&B, blues, funk and NOLA.

Caracas, Beach 106th Concession

 

Friday, May 25

9 p.m. to 12 a.m

Party huntin’ on Friday night? Well, make a beeline to Epstein’s Beach as Rockaway’s ultimate rock & roll beach band, Indaculture, will have you feverishly shaking your booty to their bodacious blend of rock, reggae, roots, funk, soul and blues at Epstein’s. Definitely not one to miss as they guarantee — this Memorial Kickoff Spectacular is “gunna be a hoot!”

88-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

 

Saturday, May 26

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

With Saturday boasting sunny skies and balmy weather — what better way to simmer down and celebrate ‘one love’ than with Long Beach’s beloved reggae crooner, JahStix at Riis? Come out and be blessed — Jah-style!

Riis Park Beach Bazaar (Bay 9)

 

Saturday, May 26

5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Locals Surf School is back with their signature Summer Kick Off Party at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club! With Old Blue Last Beer on tap, Tacoway Beach’s seriously addictive tacos, plus live music from Rockaway’s popular surf/classic/punk rock band, The Skells — this is an evening of revelry you won’t want to miss!

302 Beach 87th Street

 

Saturday, May 27

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Rock right into Rippers as the Supertones drops in on your senses with their surf rock exploding tubular beats and guitar riffs that will keep you musically wave-riding all night!

Rippers, Beach 86th Street Concession

 

Saturday, May 27

7 p.m.

Tonight is your ticket to nirvana as Rockaway’s epic band, Breezy Grass will be at the BayHouse. Not only will all of your senses be tickled by the summer breeze and the Bayhouse’s fantastic food and bay views, the Breezy Grass band will also tantalize you with their high-energy musical mix of bluegrass, country and Americana.

 

Saturday, May 26

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Looking for a night coupled with awesome beer, topped with hella dope live rock? Look no further, as the ROCK! AWAY! Music Series kicks off their Memorial bash with Cosmic Salt, Phil & The Family Band and Deaf Poets at the Rockaway Brewing Co. And if you’re lusting for more — join Reckouwacky DJs, Rich Hill, Roland Cespedes and MAX POWER for the Dance Your Pants Off w/The Return of Reckouwacky after-party at Epstein's Beach!

415 Beach 72nd Street

 

Saturday, May 26

9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Calling all Springsteen lovers! If you’re feenin’ for a hard-stoppin’, hard-rockin’, mojo-makin’ night for everything Springsteen, look no further than Thai Rock as the legendary Lou Thunder Road Gerrero brings the house down with his thunderous high energy concert serving up your favorite songs!

375 Beach 92nd Street

 

Sunday, May 27

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Come out to Riis and be blessed — reggae/dub style — as Brooklyn’s massive all-instrumental rockers reggae/dub outfit, Top Shotta Band with legendary dance hall artist, Screechy Dan, christens you with their rhythmic rockers reggae, plus DJ Brandon K will keep the party pumpin’! This kid-friendly concert is for all ages and FREE!

Riis Park Beach Bazaar (Bay 9)

 

Sunday, May 27

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Gear up to sing your heart out as Anthem supernaturally delivers your favorite classic rock covers at Community House!

101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

 

Sunday, May 27

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Need some Solshyne in your life? Head to Low Tide Bar, as they deliver their always memorable classic rock. If the Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, Creedence, CSNY, Clapton and The Band are your favorites, be assured that Solshyne will deliver.

Low Tide Bar, Beach 97th Concession

 

Monday, May 28

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

At DredSurfer Beach 17th Concession — Bring in the ole’ time days back a yard. With veg straight off de vine, cook-up cornmeal, salt fish and more Caribbean savory delights — washed down with fresh coconut, ginger beer, sorrel and live sweet reggae music — what bettah’ way to kickoff yuh summer — Caribbean style, right on de beach? Come share the vibes Memorial Day and every Saturday for reggae nights during the summer.

DredSurfer Grill, Beach 17th Street & Boardwalk

 

Tuesdays

8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Connollys’ ever-popular Open Mic Night is finally back, now hosted by none other than Rockaway’s beloved electric maestros, Squid! Just one warning. If you plan on stepping up to the mic, get there early so you can sign up for the lineup because it gets packed! But fear not, sip on Connollys’ world-famous piña coladas as you vibe to great live music!

Beach 95th Street

 

 

OTHER ART NEWS

Public Notice:

It’s not too late to sign up your children for the Rockaway Artist Alliance’s camp, kidsmART program in Fort  Tilden. This July, the program launches its 19th year of inspiring kids to flex their art muscles. Open to children finishing kindergarten to 8th grade. Visit www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/campkidsmart to join the most fun and amazing summer camp here in Rockaway! For more information, call: 718-474-0861 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Friday, May 25

7 p.m.

Forever memorialize your Memorial Weekend 2018 at Rockaway Brewing Company by watching the screening of the documentary, TAPPED, hosted by Ocean Action Research Rockaway (OARR). Also, enter the fund-raffle and tip the odds in your favor on winning a plethora of raffle prizes including a kayak! All proceeds go toward marine preservation & supporting renewable energy projects. Plus bring your own cup or mason jar, and you will awarded with an awesome drink deal!

415 Beach 72nd Street

 

Sunday, May 27

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This is your last chance to see the Beyond What’s Known art exhibit at the Rockaway Artist Alliance. From the reviews, folks are in awe of Michelle Zassenhaus’ debut solo show featuring a diaspora of Rockaway photos. This is a must-see for all lovers of what makes Rockaway special!

 

Got info. on live music and art exhibitions coming up in Rockaway and Broad Channel? Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: “Rockaway Good Times.”

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